Rumor Patrol: George Clooney & Guy Ritchie Buckle Up For ‘Cannonball Run’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:39 am,

Once Guy Ritchie finishes directing duties on Sherlock Holmes 2 he might be buckling up to helm a remake of the 1981 Burt Reynolds racing comedy, Cannonball Run. Who would Richie cast instead of the moustachioed legend?

George Clooney of course.

The original film was based on an actual cross country race, the “Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.” The comedy, which had an all-star cast including Reynolds, Dom DeLuise (as Burt’s Sidekick), Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. was a massive hit on its release, grossing $72 million. It followed a group of ragtag outlaws as they raced their way across the United States.

Badass Digest is reporting this news a rumor, so it’s all very speculative. Even Devin Faraci says that he “heard from an agency source that this was happening” but then he “checked with a source close to the Guy Ritchie camp and was told this was the first they heard of it.” We even joked about such a remake a couple of years ago, but it does seem like the type of film that could be working its way around the development bowls of a Hollywood studio.

If the story is true, the Clooney casting reeks of laziness. Yes, he has the charm and the box office clout (along with the A-list friends) to headline such a picture, but it seems too close to the Ocean’s franchise for comfort, right down to the Rat Pack connections. A more interesting casting choice would be Matthew McConaughey (Does anybody else remember his Burt Reynolds fixation in Edtv?). He’s got Reynolds’ laconic charm, and he could use a potential franchise (the original Cannonball had two lesser sequels) that plays to his strengths. Clooney also has a pretty packed slate, with a 21st Century redo of The Man From U.N.C.L.E in the pipeline, so this could be a remake too far for the star who likes to mix art with commerce.

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Pierce Brosnan (or heck, even Daniel Craig) would make a good replacement for Roger Moore. In the original, Moore riffed on his persona and played… er… Roger Moore, a man with an obsession with James Bond and the actor Roger Moore. While, Jackie Chan would make an obvious choice for the Jackie Chan role, he is a bigger star now than he was back in the early 80s!

Again, this is all rumor. Cannonball Run does have a certain “brand recognition” and it has the potential to be a joke-filled action fest with a lot of A-list stars picking up easy paychecks. Think Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve with wheels, for the boys.

Guy Ritchie is also an odd choice for directing the film. Cannonball Run doesn’t exactly fit his oeuvre, but that could also be said of Sherlock Holmes and the Madonna “comedy” Swept Away, so you never can tell. Ritchie’s camp are denying knowledge of this, so maybe he’s just a name on a list of potential directors, and Clooney could just be the “dream star”.

If a remake of Cannonball Run does float your boat don’t get too excited. It would appear that this could just be a good old fashioned rumor, or maybe just the early rumblings of development, so at the very least it’s not going to be playing in a theatre near you for another couple of years.

Source: Badass Digest

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  1. No no no no no!!!!!! I want another Rock N’ Rolla movie!!!!! Cannonball Run has already been made!!

    • Umm…. so has Rock’N’Rolla

  2. I love Cannonball Run., Funniest movie of the 80′s.

  3. We all love the Cannonball Run. An updated version could work with everyone poking fun at themselves. I guess I’d want Clooney n his buds aka Oceans 11 guys etc I could see that appealing to some. It wouldn’t replace the Burt Reynolds version it would just be a newer version cause anyone 20 yrs ok’d didn’t watch the 1 from 80′s. Of course Burt would have to be in it even if just a cameo.

  4. sounds like an awful idea.

  5. How ’bout that? A remake i wouldn’t mind seeing. Clooney’s funny, the original was so long ago i can’t even remember if i liked it, so unlike Arthur there’s nothing to spoil.

  6. Clooney and his tree hugger buddies would be driving nothing but a Prius.

  7. Lame!!!

    The original was a hit because of Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jackie Gleeson and Dom DeLuise.

    It was for its time the Fantasy Island, Love Boat, and Speed all rolled up into one film. I won’t see a remake with the cloonster.

    • You’re in the biz 790, go on a sabotage run…..

    • Sally Field and Gleeson were in Smokey and the Bandit (Dom wasn’t).

  8. Was this movie already remade once or am i the only one that remembers speed zone?

    • Speed Zone was a “Canadian” version and unofficial sequel to CannonBall run issues…. but there was a version that combined Cannonball with Mad Mad Mad Mad World that had Rowan Atkinson in it with other celebs. Lame, if I recall correctly.

  9. You know…HIM would put a stop to this remake nonsense.

  10. this is a remake id love to see them make. It wouldnt even have to be a remake have Burt Host the race like in the other sequel. Its just a fun movie that has a bunch of stars with cool cars. hell with the amount of crappy films out there this would be just fun an Id love to see what Guy would do with it. I think a movie that mashed a movie like Snatch , characters wise with Cannon Ball run, would be awesome.

  11. With all of the other horrible remakes they do, I would actually like to see this one. Just get a fun ensemble cast and some nice cars. It’s not going to be an Oscar contender – just have some fun. Why not?

  12. A remake would be great but why mess with perfection you had the first a great movie the second almost as good speed zone could have been better, but the better choice then remaking it would be continue the sequels and make Cannonball Run 4 ( yeah i know speed zone was not really 3 but over the years many people have accepted it as ) Clooney might be good in it Chan would be great but you could also use people like Timberlake, Spears, Hulk Hogan,The Mythbusters,Bam Margera and Johnny Knoxville and others like that and with some of the car available now it would be a kick ass movie